What Are The First Reviews Saying About Top Gun: Maverick?

Top Gun: Maverick is one of the most anticipated action movies of the year. Initially set to be released in July 2019, the movie was delayed for the first time to “allow the production to work out all the complex flight sequences”, and then it was delayed even further due to the pandemic of COVID-19.

After almost three years of waiting, the sequel to the 1986 original movie will finally see the day’s light. The movie premiered on April 28 at the CinemaCon event, and it’s set to start its worldwide distribution on May 27. So far, it seems like the movie got nothing but praise from the first reviews.

According to Rotten Tomatoes, Top Gun: Maverick holds a rating of 96% based on 77 reviews. On Metacritic, the movie holds a score of 81 based on 37 reviews, out of which 32 were positive, and 5 were mixed. So far, the movie has no negative reviews.

Out of 32 positive reviews the movie has on Metacritic, eight reviewers gave the movie a perfect score of 100 — Uproxx, RogerEbert.com, Empire, BBC, Total Film, Collider, The Telegraph, and The Playlist. You can check some of the reviews down below:

“This is how “blockbuster” movies should be done.” — Mike Ryan, Uproxx

“Avoiding the danger zone of mere retread, Kosinski and co deliver all the Top Gun feels and then some: slick visuals, crew camaraderie, thrilling aerial action, a surprising emotional wallop and, in Tom Cruise, a magnetic movie-star performance as comforting as an old leather jacket. Punching the air is mandatory” — Ian Freer, Empire

“No cynicism, just on-point sentiment and scintillating set-pieces. Top Gun: Maverick scores a direct hit on its twin targets of nostalgia and adrenaline.” — Jamie Graham, Total Film

“Thrilling, moving and gloriously Cruisey, Joseph Kosinski’s sequel to the 1986 hit is unquestionably the best studio action film in years.” — Robbie Collin, The Telegraph

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Five mixed reviews that the movie received all gave the same score — 60 out of 100. Rolling Stone, The Guardian, TheWrap, ScreenDaily, and NME gave the movie the lowest ratings it earned so far.

“There’s plenty of rock’n’roll fighter-pilot action in this movie, but weirdly none of the homoerotic tension that back in the day had guys queueing up at the Navy recruitment booths set up in cinema foyers. Weirder still, it is actually less progressive on gender issues than the original film.” — Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian

“In the end, Top Gun: Maverick counts as a worthy sequel in that it succeeds and fails in many of the same ways as the original. It’s another cornball male weepie and military recruitment ad that feels like every WWII movie got fed into an algorithm, and the flying sequences are breathtaking enough to make you forget that these guys and gals are engaging in the kind of combat scenarios that start wars.” — Alonso Duralde, TheWrap

Directed by Joseph Kosinski, Top Gun: Maverick is a sequel to the 1986 original Top Gun movie. Tom Cruise reprises the role of Pete “Maverick” Mitchell, a US Navy Pilot who is now a flight instructor. Christopher McQuarrie, who is working with Cruise on the Mission: Impossible franchise co-wrote the screenplay with Ehren Kruger and Eric Warren Singer. The movie also stars Miles Teller, Jennifer Connelly, Jon Hamm, Glen Powell, Lewis Pullman, Ed Harris, and Val Kilmer.

Top Gun: Maverick will be released worldwide on May 27, 2022.